Keepsake or treasure?

Appraisers are popular attraction at Auburn show
By: Penne Usher Journal Staff Writer
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The Twin Bridges Antique Show filled the Placer Building Saturday at Auburn's Gold Country Fairgrounds, but the focus was on appraisals. The line was 15-deep as patrons paid $5 to have their wares appraised. Appraisers Steve Yvaska and Gary Cox kept busy checking out sealed baseballs, paintings, prints and various baubles. Don and Sarah Hobart, of Sacramento, brought in several items to the appraisal desk. Don Hobart had an old autographed baseball that he had kept on a shelf for decades. I got it when I was 15 years old, he said. I've coached baseball for 23 years and didn't really think anything about the ball being worth money. He said he was surprised to learn that the California Angels' signed baseball was worth about $400. The Hobarts weren't interested in selling their cache of collectibles, just curious as to the value. Carole Berry, event coordinator, said she thought it was a nice touch to add the appraisers to the antique fair. It gives people a chance to bring in yard sale finds and collectibles, and learn the current value and history on the piece, Berry said. It's also nice to send them to someone trustworthy to do that. It's been very popular. Diana and Larry Kramer, of Grass Valley, brought in a carefully wrapped antique elf figuring and a colorful, pasture painting. It's a nice day to be curious, Diana Kramer said. I think we are here just to find out what we actually have. Shoppers had their pick Saturday of glass, porcelain, china, pottery, furniture, linens, vintage and estate jewelry and more. Some of the proceeds from the two-day fair will be donated to the Placer County Library. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Placer building at the fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. Cost is $4. Parking is free. For more information visit The Journal's Penne Usher can be reached at or post a comment on